Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“Jesus, a man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” (Mohandas K. Gandhi)
Tomorrow, January 6th, is designated Epiphany (literally “shining upon”), a Christian festival commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi. The word epiphany also refers to perception or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something. The wise men made a long journey, requiring a great deal of time and effort, to see Jesus. And when they saw Him, they presented Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh—acknowledging Christ as King, God, and Sacrifice. That long ago and far away history comes alive personally when we see the Light they saw on the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Bowing the knee to Christ as King, we obey Him and experience an epiphany of joy as He makes Himself real to us. (John 10:36-37; 14:21)
Yielding our life to Christ as God, we worship Him and experience an epiphany of praise as we realize He is the Great I Am. (John 8:51-58).
Surrendering our heart to Christ as Sacrifice, we love Him and experience an epiphany of gratitude as we contemplate His death on Calvary on our behalf (Mark 10:45; John 10:11; 1 John 4:10, 19).
Living by faith in the Christ we have not yet seen, we occasionally detect a little bit of light shining from above down into this dark world and experience an epiphany of hope.
Journeying through time with Immanuel, we look forward to tomorrow, a future as bright as the promises of God.
Trusting our Savior, we believe deep in our heart that the dawn of His reign in heaven on earth will be the ultimate Epiphany.
”All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.” (Jude 1:25 NLT)
Johnny R. Almond
Interim Pastor, Nomini Baptist Church
Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity